The first thing you are going to need a watercolor painting of fish to paint the scales on. For the purposes of this lesson, I will assume that you have it already.
Its important to note that it is not important what the color or value of the fish are. I create several fish in each painting, at least three, sometimes many. The fish might be all goldfish, in which case the color will be a rich warm yellow, ( slightly to the orange ). Mostly I like painting koi. They are a member of the carp family, can grow to meal size, and come in a range of colors, from white through pink , red, orange, brown and black. The whole color range is often found in a single fish. As you will see, we can handle the whole fish at once; a variety of colored subjects is not a problem at all.
The trick is a stencil which you can make very easily in about an hour. You will need a plastic loose leaf separator, and a sharp knife. Mine look like this:
You will also need to download a full size copy of my template. You will find a button and instructions at the bottom of the page.
The template will look like this
Tape a copy of the template to the plastic sheet so that you have the cutout area centered on the plastic. Then (of course on a cutting surface) cut the stencil. It will take a lot less time then you might think.
Take a small soft DAMP sponge. A wet sponge will get water under the stencil and make a mess. Position your stencil on the fish. Start just behind where the gills would be, using the largest stencil opening you choose.
Making the Scales
If you want scales on a dark area of a fish, just rub the painting through the stencil with your damp sponge. It will lift a little color, and make very clear scales.
If you want scales on a light area of a fish, then you need to add some color. Select the color you want to make the scales and put a little on the sponge. Just rub the painting through the stencil. It will add a little color, and make very clear scales.
That's all. And its a lot easier than it sounds.
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